Summer heat has been the worst this 2023

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The Dominican Republic has just experienced the hottest 12 months (November 2022-October 2023) in its recorded history, according to Climate Central research on temperatures reported in 920 cities in 175 countries, including the two principal cities in the Dominican Republic. According to their recent report, the median temperature last year was 1.3° C above the average temperatures.

The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) reported a temperature of 39.2° C on 12 July 2023 in Jimaní, on the border with Haiti. That temperature is recorded as the hottest in the country this year.

Here in the Dominican Republic, most of the population would agree temperatures were out of the ordinary and summer heat unusually stepped into October.

Until April it was cool, and then from May until October, temperatures became well above average.

Until the recent rains, everyone...

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drstock

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When I commented on DR1 earlier in the year that I had never known a summer so hot here, there was one regular poster who outright denied it!
 

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All my tomato plants died this summer. A first for me. I went on line and found they just won't grow with temps in the nineties . I have already re-planted in an area that gets some shade in the afternoon.
 
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All my tomato plants died this summer. A first for me. I went on line and found they just won't grow with temps in the nineties . I have already re-planted in an area that gets some shade in the afternoon.
Try growing them upside down.
 
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El Hijo de Manolo

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Idk what it is with DR soil. Regardless of temps, I haven't ever in 20 years had a good tomato. I think the Rebeca supermarket in Cabrera got ahold of some good ones last year. They came in weekly for a few months. They had the right formula, no refrigeration on fresh tomatoes. I would put them on the ledge for two days and they were very tasty. Janet's hands down has the worst tomatoes I've ever seen.
 

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Define good tomato. I grew some Bonnies Best, a large very delicious fruit last year and they were very good. They also didn't care for the extreme heat, but what I got were very good. This year I am going to grow some ARBASON, which are a beefsteak type. The local seeds, Tomate Floradade grow well but seem to get more leaf issues and diseases.
 

JD Jones

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I ran my AC about 20 hours each day. My electrical bill is my witness.
Mine is 24/7. Set at 80. My electric bill is always around 1600 pesos. It should start dropping now.

I have a HEPA filter in my room, and I check the A/C filter every 2 months. I rinse it off each time, even though there's no dust on it.

I'm not going to do anything different.
 

Seamonkey

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Mine is 24/7. Set at 80. My electric bill is always around 1600 pesos. It should start dropping now.

I have a HEPA filter in my room, and I check the A/C filter every 2 months. I rinse it off each time, even though there's no dust on it.

I'm not going to do anything different.
That is super cheap. I keep mine at 22 celcius which obviously consumes much more. 1600 pesos is about 5 days for me.
 

JD Jones

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That is super cheap. I keep mine at 22 celcius which obviously consumes much more. 1600 pesos is about 5 days for me.
I can tell you that for every degree lower I set it, it translates into 200 pesos more on my bill. Even at 80, the A/C compressor cycles on and off, which gives me a cooler room.
Of course, I have some mitigating factors; I'm in a first floor apartment, have trees along one side and the front, and high walls on two other sides so I get very little direct sunlight.
 
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El Hijo de Manolo

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Mine is 24/7. Set at 80. My electric bill is always around 1600 pesos. It should start dropping now.

I have a HEPA filter in my room, and I check the A/C filter every 2 months. I rinse it off each time, even though there's no dust on it.

I'm not going to do anything different.
80 is heat, you've got the wrong switch!
 

El Hijo de Manolo

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Define good tomato. I grew some Bonnies Best, a large very delicious fruit last year and they were very good. They also didn't care for the extreme heat, but what I got were very good. This year I am going to grow some ARBASON, which are a beefsteak type. The local seeds, Tomate Floradade grow well but seem to get more leaf issues and diseases.
Thanks Bob, I'll hit you up for tips when I'm 79 and decide to plant tomatoes. There's no way you could have mistaken my post for me growing my own tomatoes. I honestly just buy them at the supermarket. Hence why they all suck. My comment was really about: for a place that produces so many metric tons, why a supermarket can't select some good ones. Then they go ahead and refrigerate a half green tomato, store them top down so you can't see them rotting in the foam plate.